About the area
Living in Wolverhampton
The University has campuses in great locations. Situated in the very heart of England our City Campus has a definite city “buzz” but is still small enough to feel like a community. Telford, our youngest campus is set in the grounds of an 18th century mansion, but has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Walsall campus is a hub of activity, but set in the leafy suburbs with easy access to the town centre and beyond. With excellent road, rail, bus and coach connections, as well as direct train routes to Birmingham Airport, the region is truly accessible.
Housing and accommodation
The West Midlands offers an excellent range of housing to suit any budget, ranging from Victorian houses to new-builds. The great diversity of areas and properties available within easy reach of our campuses means that if you need to relocate, you are sure to find a suitable address, whether your choice is city living, a home on a brand new development, canal-side or a country cottage in rural Shropshire.
Apart from the well-known Grand Theatre, the 3000 capacity Civic Hall and its smaller 1134 capacity sister venue the Wulfrun Hall are the major hub for live entertainment in Wolverhampton and the Black Country. The University’s own Arena Theatre hosts in excess of 200 public performances per year with the work of culturally diverse artists featuring strongly in the programme. The Arena has also developed a reputation as one of the leading venues in the country supporting Deaf and disabled artists. Telford boasts the Oakengates Theatre, a newly transformed performance and community space offering a truly varied programme of comedy, music, dance and theatre. There are also multi- screen cinemas in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford, including the Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton, an independent cinema providing daily screenings of contemporary and retrospective films. Our very own Performance Hub at Walsall doubles up as a performance venue, with shows and independent cinema at the Black Box Theatre.
Sport and leisure
A little known fact is that there are 17 miles of navigable canals around Wolverhampton alone and the wider region boasts a network of cycle and footpaths. Football lovers may want to soak up the atmosphere at the newly re-built Stan Cullis stand at the Molineux, home of the Wolverhampton Wanderers or alternatively support “The Saddlers” at Walsall City FC.
The Walsall Campus Sports Centre was an official training base for the 2012 Olympics and offers a 12-court, multi-activity sports hall, a six-lane, floodlit athletics track, all-weather floodlit pitch, throws and jumps area, dance studios and swimming pool. The City Campus has a gym as well as a sports hall and MUGA which can be booked by staff, and the Telford campus has a multi-purpose court and trim trail.
There are a number of parks and golf courses in the region and the Long Mynd and Shropshire countryside beckon anyone with a love of walking.
The Wrekin is Telford's 1,334 ft hill with spectacular walks to the summit, and stunning views once there. Winter sports lovers can take advantage of the Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre, or join an ice hockey team at the Ice Rink. Alternatively, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Britain's first floodlit horse racing track, is the UK's busiest racetrack and hosted over 100 fixtures in 2014 alone.
Museums and art galleries
The art scene in the area is active and boasts a wealth of venues including the award winning New Art Gallery at Walsall, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the LightHouse, the Black Country’s only independent cinema. Telford boasts the world heritage site at Ironbridge, the Severn Gorge, the fully-working Victorian village at Blists Hill and a number of related museums. The award-winning Black Country Museum, recognised as one of the finest, largest open-air museums in the UK is a short distance away.
As the 11th biggest city in the UK, Wolverhampton has its share of high street chains but you’ll also find a diverse mix of independent businesses and “alternative” shops and cafes. Both Telford and Walsall boast new shopping centres and developments and a diverse range of pubs, bars and restaurants.
The region is served by the biggest selling regional paper in the UK, the Express and Star, which publishes eleven local editions from its Wolverhampton headquarters. There are a healthy number of independent radio stations as well as the local BBC options.